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Miscanthus sinensis Zebrinus Zebra Grass — 27 Comments

  1. Dear Alastair, I love your sky pics. However the first part of the post is very sad. I fondly remember the story How the leopard got its spots. We need another story called How the zebra lost its stripes. cheers, cm

  2. No sign of snow yet Kininvie turned very cold though. Grasses such as Arundo which like boggy conditions are not so keen on our Winters.

  3. Carolyn, always good to get your experience of plants which we grow in our garden. I will keep a look out for morning light next year.

  4. I agree that ‘Zebrinus’ is quite beautiful. It does tend to flop when it gets tall so you are lucky it doesn’t reach its full height. You are also lucky that it doesn’t flower. Miscanthus sinenesis freely seeds into natural areas here in the U.S., destroying the native flora. The native meadows at Valley Forge National Park, near me in Pennsylvania and one of our country’s most hallowed historic areas, have been destroyed by it. I grow ‘Morning Light’ in my area because it flowers too late to produce seed. I hope you don’t mind me mentioning this.

  5. I wish any miscanthus would grow for me striped or otherwise and I agree that it must be light related for it not to have produced the variegation this year.

    You’ve captured that sunrise and sunset perfectly Alistair. I forgot to check with you but did you eventually find out the name of that pieris as I would be interested in getting one like yours for my garden.

  6. Alistair I love this grass but have the more dwarf variety that will stripe no matter what…I love leaving it up all winter to look at the beautiful copper colored leaves with snow…how timely your gorgeous photos of the sky…my post Monday will tell you why…

  7. If I saw a picture of the zebra plant, I would think it could only be planted in isolation as a stand-alone plant, but it fits perfectly in your border.
    I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between sunrises and sunsets, both sets of photos are beautiful.

  8. I too have zebra grass and it spreads and clumps like crazy. It should be split on occasion to keep it fresh looking. I love that sky. What gorgeous color you captured.

  9. your Zebrinus has done well I bought a small one the first year I was here but lost it to the grass and elements,
    nice sunrise and set photos, I don’t think you can tell the difference, I only see sunrises due to the sun dissappearing over the hill before it sets, when I post photos even though I say they are sunrise there is usual someone who likes my ‘sunset’ photos 🙂

  10. Hi Alistair – what a timeous post! I was gifted a Miscanthus sinesis Zebrinus about two weeks ago. Its still quite small (just over a foot high) and I planted it in semi-shade and have been wondering whether I did the right thing. Now I know! Its a stunner in your garden, I didn’t realise they get that big though.

    Your photos are lovely!

  11. The stripes on the zebra grass are so beautiful. It looks good in your garden even without them, though. Love your planting combinations in the picture. So interesting and varied. Love those pink leaves to the left of it, too!

  12. I’ve never managed to take a photo either of a sunrise or sunset.

    I’m envious of height. My garden is almost flat at present. In the spring, tulips and daffodils will grow. In the summer, foxgloves. There isn’t space in between to have tall things for winter – so it all goes miserably flat, admittedly with surface growing plants spread over it but, none the less, flat.

  13. Alistair, I rather like the miscanthus without the stripe. It does make a fine clump and a great foil for your other planting. Lovely series of sun rises and sun sets.

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